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Vermont-New Hampshire Chestnut Notes - The American Chestnut ...

Vermont-New Hampshire Chestnut Notes - The American Chestnut ...

Vermont-New Hampshire Chestnut Notes - The American Chestnut

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: President’s Corner 2 Member Profile 3 NH Pollination Spotlights Board Updates 6 Cooking with Chestnuts Research Highlights 4-5 6 7 Calendar of Events 8 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Grace Knight President Perkinsville, VT Randy Knight Vice-President Perkinsville, VT Spencer Brookes Secretary Wilton, NH Ed Toth Treasurer East Arlington, VT Jeromy Gardner, VT Will Guinn, NH Terry Gulick, VT Kendra Gurney, VT James Powers, VT Don Richard, NH Todd Ross, NH Paul Schaberg, VT Vermont-New Hampshire Chestnut Notes V O L U M E 2 , I S S U E 1 VT/NH CHAPTER PLANTS RESTORATION CHESTNUTS Kendra Gurney, TACF New England Regional Science Coordinator In September of 2009, long-standing TACF member and VT/ NH TACF Director James “JP” Powers helped plant some of the first Restoration chestnuts in VT. JP received two Restoration chestnuts from TACF, which he chose to donate to the VT/NH Chapter. The thrilled Chapter found a permanent home for these special trees at the US Forest Service Northern Research Station in South Burlington, VT. What is a Restoration chestnut? Previously referred to in breeding terms as the BC3F3 generation of TACF’s 6generation breeding program, Restoration chestnuts are the first 6th-generation chestnuts to come out of TACF’s Meadowview Research Farms in Meadowview, VA. These chestnuts are what TACF members have been waiting for. These trees should be highly blight-resistant and indistinguishable from pure American chestnut. However, while the TACF breeding program was designed on sound genetic theory and good science, these Restoration chestnuts provide the first chance to actually test that theory in the field. The exciting opportunity to plant and help test the Restoration chestnut has been extended to TACF members through two different programs. First is a longstanding member program. TACF intends to offer a small number of Restoration chestnuts to every current member in the order in which they joined, so that every interested member has the chance to assist with the testing and evaluation of these trees. So a sure way to get the opportunity to plant a few of these potentially blight-resistant trees is to maintain membership in TACF and be patient. The trees producing these special chestnuts are young, so production is currently low, but should increase every year. As production increases, TACF hopes to get more and more of these Restoration chest JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND ANNUAL MEETING! S P R I N G 2 0 1 0 VT/NH Director James “JP” Powers and TACF Regional Science Coordinator Kendra Gurney plant one of the first Restoration chestnuts in VT. Photo courtesy of Will Young. (Restoration Chestnuts, Continued on page 3) The VT/NH Chapter will hold their second Annual Meeting on April 10, 2009 at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, NH. The meeting will include exciting presentations about American chestnut, updates on the work of your local VT/NH Chapter and an afternoon field trip to a new orchard site with a remnant chestnut population. Please see page 3 for more information. Hope to see you there!

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